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by Brandon R
February 25th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.
Replies: 45
Views: 2722

Re: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.

What would be the margin on the food served to such a lunch? I'd imagine not much, and almost certainly swallowed by the compensation paid to the cooks and servers.
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seattle with the Family
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Seattle with the Family

A few ideas all centered around downtown: A ferry ride to and from either Bainbridge Island or Vashon Island can be fun. If you're able, leaving the car behind and doing a walk-on trip to Bainbridge can be nice because so much is within walking distance on the island side. Vashon, not so much. Ferri...
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Seattle with the Family
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Seattle with the Family

Hi, Adam. Where do you live now? I only ask, because it could frame some of the itinerary recommendations. And will this be all family-focused (in other words, no wine tasting, family-friendly restaurants, etc)? What (in general) do you and your kids like to do?
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Oregon Chardonnay Celebration

Great, precise recap, Patrick. I appreciate it. Stoked to see Seth Long (Morgen Long) get your approval...his wines a fantastic. Goodfellow sounds killer, too. I've never heard of Arlyn, Elton, or Furioso. Will have to rectify that. OR Chards are some of the most exciting wines to me right now.
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 73
Views: 3804

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Great recap, slada. Thank you. I really need to get back to Cafe Juanita.
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Charcoal Grill - Weber?
Replies: 51
Views: 846

Re: Charcoal Grill - Weber?

I have a Weber kettle and love it. It's the stand-alone version, though, and I wish I had one with the attached table, as I have to bring over something on which to set utensils, or platters with the raw food before grilling, etc.
by Brandon R
February 24th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5118

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

I was with a Seattle wine group years ago, so I don't remember the exact wines unfortunately. One of the group members brought two well-aged bottles: two different vintages of the same wine (a fine Cote Rotie, I believe). IIRC, they were also both solo bottles that he owned, so pretty irreplaceable....
by Brandon R
February 14th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Short Ribs
Replies: 31
Views: 1057

Re: Short Ribs

Braise or pressure cooker. Like Mike, I also like to let them sit overnight and defat the next day, but if you are pressed for time, you can pour off most of it after a short cool down just by eyeballing. Daniel Boulud's years old recipe with celery duo is an excellent all purpose prep. Threw the p...
by Brandon R
February 14th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of pinots and a Barolo to go with wagyu-buffalo burgers with truffles.
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: A couple of pinots and a Barolo to go with wagyu-buffalo burgers with truffles.

Ah, so it was Wagyu beef blended with buffalo/bison meat, then. Thanks for clarifying.
by Brandon R
February 14th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Brandon, If you do '78s again and want some Bordeaux in the mix, just ask me. Awesome. Funny you say that, Peter, because I'm planning on doing an offline and contributing the three I have left: Beringer PR, BV Georges de Latour, and Motenlena Estate. Having some Bordeaux in there would really be f...
by Brandon R
February 14th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Does Betz usually take 13 years to enter its "drinking window?" Yes. While I think the, "It's too young..." is often overdone by us wine geeks, I truly believe Betz is one of those labels that warrants that sentiment. Specifically, the Pere de Famille and even the Clos de Betz (to a lesser degree) ...
by Brandon R
February 13th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 73
Views: 3804

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

slada wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 4:05 pm
We are headed to Seattle for a few days

Have kamonegi, Juanita, and sushi Kashiba lined up

Recs re these places or others you’d do instead?
Those will be good choices. You should be happy.
by Brandon R
February 13th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Tips for making Beef Wellington?

What temp did you end up taking it out at? Like I said, I missed it slightly on the temp... but maybe unanticipated carry over was just as much of a factor - I had not considered that. Where's the pic? And don't say I didn't warn you on the sauce! You did, you did, but I couldn't find anything else...
by Brandon R
February 13th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Thanks, All. It was a great night. Jason - do it! I held back three more because it would've been too much wine for the crowd size: BV GdL, Beringer PR, and Montelena Estate. Based on this tasting, I'll likely open them soon becuase they're just so good right now.
by Brandon R
February 13th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of pinots and a Barolo to go with wagyu-buffalo burgers with truffles.
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: A couple of pinots and a Barolo to go with wagyu-buffalo burgers with truffles.

I had the same reaction, Greg! Never knew they raised such a thing as Wagyu Buffalo. Perhaps it was wagyu beef blended with buffalo? We regularly make burgers from ground bison...I love it.
by Brandon R
February 11th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 14
Views: 852

TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

SEVEN WINES FROM 1978 (CA AND WA), AND A FEW OTHERS... - (2/8/2020) I fully intended to do birth year wines in the year of my 40th but, due to a combination of things, just didn't get around to it. So, instead, we had a bunch of family over for good food (homemade Beef Wellington, mushroom farro, a...
by Brandon R
February 11th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Tips for making Beef Wellington?

Well, the Beef Wellington turned out pretty well. Next time, though, I'll account for more carry-over after being pulled from the oven. I think the crust does more to lock in heat and continue cooking than I anticipated, as we pulled them at the right temperature, but they were still overdone. I mad...
by Brandon R
February 11th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?
Replies: 38
Views: 2189

Re: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?

I'm potentially in, as I'm in Portland relatively frequently for business and this would provide a great excuse to go. I don't have much Burgundy, but could find something fun (lots of domestic PN, though).
by Brandon R
February 7th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Tips for making Beef Wellington?

More questions: I am curious about at what temperature to pull this from the oven to rest. I'm doing two roughly 2.5-3 lb roasts. There is a contingency in this group that prefers rare beef, and one that would be more medium-rare to medium (gasp!). At what temperatures would you pull them separately...
by Brandon R
February 7th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 38
Views: 1935

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

I sure with Todd (the OP) would circle back and engage in the conversation he started. I hope he takes some of the suggestions and tries them. I'm curious, Todd, what do you drink most frequently, and what do you prefer? Asked another way, if you had a special occasion that called for a special bott...
by Brandon R
February 6th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?
Replies: 38
Views: 2189

Re: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?

That would be fun. Are you opening a of the 2010s from Belle Pente?
by Brandon R
February 5th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?
Replies: 38
Views: 2189

Re: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?

I'm up in Seattle and would gladly drive down to Portland for a great tasting, but I'm not available this weekend. I'm posting here only to humbly request that you post TNs!
by Brandon R
February 5th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12742
Views: 616884

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

My first purchase from Keplinger: 2 x 2017 Keplinger Basilisk Grenache (100% Grenache, Russian River Valley) 2 x 2017 Keplinger Hangman's Syrah Carneros (95% Syrah, 5% Viognier) 1 x 2017 Keplinger Lithic (42% Grenache, 28% Mourvedre, and 25% Syrah, from Shake Ridge Vineyard, situated at 1700’ in th...
by Brandon R
February 4th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12742
Views: 616884

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

My first purchase from Keplinger: 2 x 2017 Keplinger Basilisk Grenache (100% Grenache, Russian River Valley) 2 x 2017 Keplinger Hangman's Syrah Carneros (95% Syrah, 5% Viognier) 1 x 2017 Keplinger Lithic (42% Grenache, 28% Mourvedre, and 25% Syrah, from Shake Ridge Vineyard, situated at 1700’ in the...
by Brandon R
February 4th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 38
Views: 1935

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

Seven Hills Winery's Columbia Valley Cab is a tremendous wine at $30 on the website (and it's a 2015...nice to have a little bottle age). Another fine choice would be the Walla Walla Valley Cabernet from L'Ecole No. 41 at $39 from the winery site. Both are fantastic and fit your inquiry nicely.
by Brandon R
February 4th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spaced BerserkerDay: Should I see a neurologist?
Replies: 28
Views: 1384

Re: Spaced BerserkerDay: Should I see a neurologist?

I missed it too. I was in all-day meetings in Minneapolis on both Monday and Tuesday. When I got back to a place to browse WB, I realized my folly. D'oh!
by Brandon R
February 3rd, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Tips for making Beef Wellington?

Thanks, Guys.
by Brandon R
February 3rd, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Tips for making Beef Wellington?

Awesome...thanks, Ryan.

Follow-up question: could I theoretically make this a bit ahead of time? Sear, cool completely, assemble fully, back in fridge overnight, then bake the evening of?
by Brandon R
February 3rd, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Tips for making Beef Wellington?
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Tips for making Beef Wellington?

Hi, Folks. I'm planning on making my first beef Wellington this weekend. I'm seeking tips and favorite recipes, tweaks, etc. TIA! [cheers.gif]
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 7837

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855. Brandon -- I would go with the Cru. I found the 1855 great for Bdx blends (and Barolo too sometimes), but the Cru is great for Pinot, Rhone blends, and others. I tend to use Riedel...
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 7837

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, All. For Champagne, I've got two GGG that I enjoy enough. Not ideal, but not bad.
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 7837

Re: Grassl Glassware

Thanks, Michael. Storage is more of a problem than budget. Of the regular stems...which? I'm thinking Liberte or 1855.
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 7837

Re: Grassl Glassware

If one had limited storage space and budget, what would be the group's recommendation for the best overall glass? I drink mostly domestic wines (WA Cabs/Bdx varieites and Rhones, OR Pinots, some Cali Cab), but a decent amount of Italians as well. Some Rhone. Very little Loire. If I had to stick with...
by Brandon R
January 24th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 629

Re: Flour for Baking - Need Recommendations

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 7:44 pm
Brandon R wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 3:12 pm
King Arthur bread flower is close at 12.6%. https://shop.kingarthurflour.com/items/ ... flour-5-lb
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by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2485

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Thanks for the reply, Nick. First off, I'm playing devil's advocate a bit. I'm quite the contrary to what you point out: I accept a very wide variety of wines and frequently don't notice flaws that others do. I'm not very sensitive in that respect. I agree that noting the tiniest flaw and, as a resu...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2485

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Imagine, though, the following scenario. Two Chardonnays are tasted side-by-side. One is a, let's say, well-respected Oregon Chardonnay made in a "traditional" style: SO2, filtration, etc. (in other words, processes and additives that would negate its classification as a "natural" wine). The other i...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7363

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Truthfully, how difficult would it be to sit beside a winery owner or winemaker and still objectively evaluate his/her wine? Worst case scenario I would guess would be that they no longer invite them back. Seems to me that back-and-forth discussion could aid in the evaluation. "With this wine, I was...
by Brandon R
January 23rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7363

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Alan Rath wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
If I were Todd, I'd delete that last few posts, and ban Mr. Restine. Exactly the kind of BS we don't need here. I don't expect Galloni to spend a lot of time here, but I'd like him to feel like he's welcome when he does.
I totally agree, Alan, and it appears it's been done.
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2088
Views: 177607

Re: Steak Porn

Nice, Suzanne. That looks like what, to me, is a perfectly cooked steak.
by Brandon R
January 21st, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2485

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

It was alluded to somewhere above (great discussion, BTW), but I'll ask it here. I wonder what the answer would be if you asked a decidedly-natural winemaker who, let's say, just a "natural" Chardonnay, "Do you hope that your natural wine tastes like top white Burgundy?" If his/her answer is, "Yes,"...
by Brandon R
January 17th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2485

Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Let me first state that I haven't had enough natural wine to firmly state whether or not I'm in or out. I've had some pretty funky ones that, quite frankly, I didn't like. I've never had a natural red that I liked, but whites have been closer. To me, so many of what I've tried had an oxidative sense...
by Brandon R
January 16th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 20493

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I noticed that there doesn't appear to be and Anderson Valley PN this year. Too bad, as I liked the 2017.
by Brandon R
January 16th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 20493

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Galloni must need to whip up some subscribers and drum up some readership, eh?? How about another vintage of a thousand lifetimes like the 2010 Barolo vintage... or some triple digit Rivers Marie scores. Galloni is such a sell out. I can’t believe anyone takes this guy seriously. Get back in your c...
by Brandon R
January 14th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 2314

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

In his very recent article 2017 & 2018 Napa Valley In Depth Part 1 , Antonio Galloni writes briefly under a photo of Di Costanzo barrel samples, "Massimo Di Costanzo's 2017s and 2018s are off the charts." Oddly, though, I don't see any of the wines reviewed in the article's related tasting notes. Pe...
by Brandon R
January 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB Cayuse
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: WTB Cayuse

PM Sent.
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Grass fed???
Replies: 59
Views: 2838

Re: Grass fed???

That's pretty darn cool, Al. Thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Several wines here that I don't think mirror the style that the OP mentions (Kongsgaard, Aubert, Kister). Many very good recommendations in a vacuum, but to me, the examples in the OP are Chardonnays that don't go very far down the nervy, citrusy, acid-driven road, but also don't necessarily wade to...
by Brandon R
January 9th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2829

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

I wish Mark B would post on this thread! viewtopic.php?f=1&t=107484

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